RIDGELAND , MS (WLBT) - Thousands of students from across central Mississippi were in Ridgeland on Saturday. They particIpated in the largest kids fun run in the state.
With a little stretching, some jumping jacks, and of course a cheer, 2,500 children were ready to put what they learned in their physical education classes to the test.
$2,000 for their schools' P.E. program is up for grabs.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi gave 62 schools across central Mississippi free P.E. curriculums.
Saturday, students in Kindergarten through 5th grade hit the pavement in the Get Ready to Run Kids One Mile race at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Ridgeland.
“My dad told me that when you start to run. Start slowly so you can still be with your team.”
This is the largest kids fun run in Mississippi highlighting nutrition, setting healthy goals and being more active.
"We want them to share what they've learned in their PE classes with their parents so that it starts a movement at home to get families up and active so that we can just build a healthy Mississippi."
All of the students received medals at the finish line.
Based on student enrollment, the top three schools with the most students participating will each get $2,000.